Landscaping rocks are a beautiful accent to your yard that can also serve functional purposes such as preventing erosion. Where you choose to place these rocks will be essential to how well they do their job and the overall look of your yard. Follow this guide to find just the right spot for those larger boulders and rocks.
A Guide to Placing Landscaping Rocks
Where to Place Them
When you start placing boulders around the yard, you want it to look natural — like they were there originally rather than brought in. Arrange them in groups of rocks, all of the same type of stone but in varying sizes. The grounds should be placed randomly and in odd numbers, with the smaller rocks placed around the larger ones.
Keep in mind that rocks absorb heat from the sun and will release it later, so on sunny summer days, you’ll be able to feel the warmth radiating from them. As a result, you may not want to put them directly next to an area you’ll use for entertaining.
How to Place Them
Stones need to be placed into the soil rather than on top of it so they will stay in place. Measure the underside of the washed stone you’ll be laying, then remove the soil to one-quarter of the rock’s depth. Tamp the soil down to as firm of a surface as you can get. Lay down newspaper or cardboard to keep weeds from growing underneath the rock. You can then place the rock. If you’re on a slope, start at the bottom and work your way upward. If you’re on level ground, start in the middle and work your way outward.
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